A series of free online podcasts
Bestselling author and former BBC broadcaster Frank Delaney (www.frankdelaney.com) is launching Re:Joyce, a spirited weekly podcast on James Joyce’s Ulysses. Each segment will feature Delaney taking a short passage from Ulysses and exploring its multitude of references with insight, eloquence, and passion—as well as a good dose of humor. Accessible, yet not in any way dumbed-down, the Re:Joyce podcasts will bring listeners historical and biographical information, lively interpretation, and many amusing anecdotes—all illuminated by Delaney’s love for and robust knowledge of James Joyce and Ulysses. The introduction podcast is live on www.frankdelaney.com today. Re:Joyce will launch on “Bloomsday,” (June 16) the day on which the entirety of Ulysses takes place. The 3-5 minute podcasts will be available for download at www.frankdelaney.com
“Ulysses is often called the world's most famous and most irritating novel - irritating because it's deemed so obscure and inaccessible,” says Frank Delaney. “I maintain that it's none of those things.” Delaney’s approach is not typically academic—as he has done in so much of his broadcasting life, he takes obscure and difficult literary subjects and breaks them open by treating them entertainingly.
Delaney’s first book was “James Joyce's Odyssey: a Guide to the Dublin of Ulysses” (Little Brown, 1981). Aimed at people who had never managed to finish reading Ulysses, it was an instant bestseller. In 1982, Delaney did a series of one-man performances derived from Ulysses at multiple venues in the UK, including several at the National Theatre in London under the title, ReJoyce. In 1982 also (Joyce's centenary year) he wrote and presented the BBC Omnibus documentary on James Joyce.
Frank Delaney has interviewed more than 3,000 authors for his BBC and other UK television and radio shows (Book Shelf, The Book Show, Frank Delaney, and Word of Mouth.) A former judge of the famed Booker Prize, he has conducted and chaired hundreds of festival sessions in the UK and his native Ireland, including the Edinburgh (where he was Literature Director), Cheltenham and Dartmouth Festivals, to which he brought the great names of our time: Gore Vidal, John Updike, Margaret Atwood, James Michener and many more. Delaney has also made documentaries for the BBC on characters as diverse as George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde and Norman Mailer. Delaney's novels Ireland and Tipperary were bestsellers in the US and abroad.
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